Seven Israeli student-soldiers killed in revenge attack for Gaza massacres

Commentary by Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
The Inevitable Retaliation

Zionist dominated Western media drops any pretense of objectivity today. While the more than 120 Palestinians killed in Gaza in the past week were for them business as usual, an attack on an institution for the extremist settler movement is an ‘escalation’. A few years back when a brutal siege of the Jenin refugee camp ended, and Israel allowed in foreign journalists after a week of ‘clearing’ the crime scene, Zionists immediately went on the attack against anyone describing the flattening of the whole refugee camp as a massacre. Yet today, the Independent sees nothing wrong in declaring the death of 7 Zionist militants a ‘massacre’. You are unlikely to find any truth today on the media, who are always looking for an opportunity to balance their reluctant reporting of Israeli crimes with something that could present the oppressors as victims in the same league. (Although the Independent mentions that the ‘seminary’ was established by the notoriously racist Rabbi Kook, it gives no indication to readers why that in itself should raise some eyebrows).

Seven Israeli student-soldiers killed in revenge attack for Gaza massacres
From Khalid Amayreh in Occupied E. Jerusalem

In an apparent retaliation for the recent Israeli massacres in the Gaza Strip, (or the assassination in Damascus by Israeli agents last month of Imad Mughniya, a leading Hizbullah figure) unidentified guerillas on Thursday attacked the headquarters of the religious messianic Zionist movement in West Jerusalem, killing and injuring a number of settlers and soldiers.

According to Israeli media reports, at least six settler-soldiers were killed and several others wounded.

At least one Palestinian guerilla was killed.

There was a lot of gunfire and hysteria,” a woman who lives across the street from the school told the radio. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The shooting, which was highly expected, is believed to be a revenge attack for the killing by the Israeli army this week of more than 120 Palestinians, the vast bulk of them innocent civilians, including more than 13 children and toddlers.

Last month, suspected Mossad agents murdered Imad Mughniya, a leading military figure in the Lebanese movement of Hizbullah.

Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian organizations vowed to avenge the Gaza killings. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrullah also vowed to avenge the murder of Mughniya.

Mirkaz Ha’rav, which literally means “the Center of the Rabbi” is a Talmudic college which combines religious education with active military service.

The center is considered the “central nervous system” of the Jewish settler movement, known as Gush Emunim, or “block of the faithful.” It also issues usually extreme religious edicts which permit Israeli soldiers to kill innocent Palestinian civilians, including children.

One of the prominent rabbis affiliated with Mirkaz Ha’rav is Dove Lior, the settler Rabbi of Kiryat Arba. On Wednesday, Lior was quoted as saying that it is permissible for the Israeli army to kill Palestinian civilians, including children.

The Gush Emunim movement adopts the messianic teachings postulated by Rabbi Avraham Kook who viewed the creation of Israel in Palestine as heralding the beginning of the messianic age and the appearance of the Messiah or Redeemer.

Messianic Zionists also believe that Jews ought to try to induce and expedite the process of redemption by carrying out acts of violence and bloodshed against the Palestinians in order to generate turbulence and war, an environment they believe would expedite the appearance of the Messiah.

The heads of the Mirkaz Ha’rav vehemently oppose peace between Israel and the Palestinians and are strongly against the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Gush Emunim and religious Zionism in general are represented in the Israeli Knesset by a party called “Ha’a Mifdal” a Hebrew acronym meaning “the National Religious Party.”

The party advocates ethnic cleansing and or enslavement of the Palestinians as water carriers and wood hewers based on Biblical principles.

It is widely believed that a large percentage of the Israeli army’s high-ranking officers are affiliated with the religious Zionist movement.